The Heart of Teaching Economics
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The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.
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Chapter 3: Intermediate Microeconomics

Steven Landsburg


Steven Landsburg Steven Landsburg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1954 and obtained his PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1979. He has taught both economics and mathematics at a number of universities, including Colorado State University and the University of Iowa, and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, where he has taught for almost twenty years. At Rochester, Professor Landsburg teaches undergraduate courses in Introductory Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Topics in Microeconomics. In 2007, he received the University’s Professor of the Year in Social Sciences award for his outstanding teaching accomplishments. Professor Landsburg’s research interests include algebraic K-theory, module patching, quantum game theory, philosophy of science and moral philosophy. His articles have been published in the Journal of Political Economy, American Journal of Mathematics, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Communications in Algebra, and Journal of Public Economic Theory, among others. His books include, The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy with Ideas from Mathematics, Economics and Physics (Free Press, 2009), More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics (Free Press, 2007), Price Theory and Applications (South-Western Publishing Company, seventh edition, 2007), 42 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 42 29/9/10 11:36:32 Intermediate microeconomics – Steven Landsburg 43 Macroeconomics (McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1996), co-authored with Lauren Feinstone, and The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life (Free Press, 1995). I interviewed Steven Landsburg in the coffee room at the Department of Economics at the University of Rochester....

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